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Chilean team wins TransAndes Challenge

A Chilean team including Javier Puschel and Carlos Cardemil (Scott que Pacho?) captured overall victory at the first TransAndes Challenge. Puschel and Cardemil won all six stages en route to the overall victory. Second place overall went to Team Cikla-Specialized's Daniel Espinoza and Galo Tamayo from Ecuador. The Fratelli team from Argentina, including Federico Mallo and Francisco Pérez, finished third overall.

Sixteen teams of racers from Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador, and Germany travelled 480km over six days near Pucon in Southern Chile.

"It was a succesful race; we are focusing on Transandeschallenge 2010 edition," said race director Juan Pablo Santiagos. Next year's event will take place again in February.

See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the TransAndes Challenge.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.